Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Capsule Look at the Field for the 2013 Canadian Men's Curling Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Capsule Look at the Field for the 2013 Canadian Men's Curling Championship

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2013 Tim Hortons Brier team capsules


A capsule look at the field for the Canadian men's curling championship March 2-10 in Edmonton, with skip's name in parentheses:

Alberta (Kevin Martin)

Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert are the reigning Olympic champions and won a world title together in 2008. Martin is a four-time Brier winner (1991, 1997, 2008, 2009) and can set a record for most titles won by a skip. One of three teams in the field with a berth in the Olympic trials in December.

British Columbia (Andrew Bilesky)

Bilesky, Steve Kopf, Derek Errington and Aaron Watson will make their Brier debuts. Bilesky is a former B.C. junior champion. They open against defending champion Glenn Howard of Ontario and face Martin the following day.

Manitoba (Jeff Stoughton)

Stoughton, Mead and Reid Carruthers won the Canadian and world titles two years ago. Mark Nichols, an Olympic gold medallist in 2006 playing third for Brad Gushue, joined the team at lead this season. They picked up an Olympic trials berth via a Canada Cup victory in December. Stoughton has won three Briers (1996, 1999, 2011).

New Brunswick (James Grattan)

Grattan makes his 10th Brier appearance and lead Peter Case his fifth. Grattan's best result as skip was third in 1997. Brothers Jason and Darren Roach will appear in their first Brier.

Newfoundland and Labrador (Brad Gushue)

This is Brier No. 9 for Gushue, and his seventh straight since winning Olympic gold in 2006. The new player in his lineup this year is third Brett Gallant, the 2009 Canadian junior champion originally from Prince Edward Island. Front end Adam Casey and Geoff Walker are back for a second year with Gushue.

Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs)

The 28-year-old skip and brothers E.J. and Ryan Harnden posted winning records at the previous two Briers and finished third in 2010. Gushue's third last year, Ryan Fry, defected to the Jacobs team this season. …

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